Team USA captain Mikey Anderson is expected to help his team win against the Kazakhstan hockey team on Friday night, December 28 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
The sophomore defenseman is currently a college student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
During the 2017 to 2018 athletics year, Anderson was a member of a youth movement comprising the university’s defensive group.
Majoring in business, he was one of the five rookies to play full-time for the Bulldogs, his university’s hockey team.
Anderson finished his debut season achieving 23 points – the second highest total of any freshman from his university – on five goals and 18 assists in 39 hockey matches.
Other highlights of his sporting profile during the playing year include having completed one playing year already and a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championship.
Anderson is a draftee of the Los Angeles Kings while still playing as Number 2 for the Bulldogs. He is currently participating in the World Junior Championship (WJC) together with the other Team USA members.
Among them is Evan Barratt who also plays for the Pennsylvania State University men’s hockey team and Kyle Keyser who is also playing for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.
The trio spread good cheer to the nation by opening the WJC with a win against Slovakia, 2-1 on Wednesday night in Victoria.
During the match, Anderson made a power-play goal 1:10 into the game’s third period. This was followed by the game-winning strike by Barratt at 5:42.
The 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation-WJC is on-going from December 26, 2018 to January 5, 2019 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
Ten teams from top-10 ranked hockey countries in the world are participating. They are divided into two groups: A and B.
Team USA is in Group B and defending champion Team Canada is on Group A. The WJC is held yearly and features college-age hockey players.
A majority of National Hockey League (NHL) prospects join the sporting event.
They include those who have already been drafted for the NHL and those who are forthcoming draftees in the summer.